#NextLevel Now At 12: Miller, Samec Sign Letters

We’ve got 12 Northeast Florida Matmen-area wrestlers competing at the #NextLevel in 2016-17 that are starting new collegiate careers this fall. Plus the group of returners that are eligible to come back, we might have close to 20 kids.

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Flanked by parents and/or guardians, with coach Jim Reape behind them, Clay seniors Derek Miller (left center) and Roland Samec (right center) prepare to sign their letters of intent to attend college and wrestle. Miller, the 132-pound 1A state champion in March, will attend Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, an NJCAA school, while Samec (3rd at 285) will compete for University of the Ozarks, located in Clarksville, AR.

Here’s the FULL list:

  • Derek Miller, Clay (Iowa Western CC, NJCAA)
  • Roland Samec, Clay (University of the Ozarks, NAIA)
  • Jonathan Shoen, Middleburg (University of Dubuque, NCAA Division III)
  • Xaiver Sampsel, Fleming Island (Limestone College, NCAA Division II)
  • Nick Hobday, Fletcher (2015 grad, Bacone College, NAIA)
  • Kaz Maia, Flagler Palm Coast (Iowa Lakes CC, NJCAA)
  • Marcus Zeighler, Columbia (Bacone College)
  • Trevor Belden, Ridgeview (Huntingdon College, Division III)
  • Evyn Insalaco, Flagler Palm Coast (Southeastern University, NAIA)
  • Scott Dollison, Episcopal (Briar Cliff University, NAIA)
  • Dylan Rossetti, Middleburg (St Andrews University, NAIA)
  • Tracy Davis, Fleming Island (Southeastern)
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#NextLevelNine: Shoen signs with Dubuque

Everywhere in Iowa in the winter months, the conversations are about wrestling. It’s one of, if not the hottest, the hotbeds of wrestling in America. And Middleburg’s Jonathan Shoen will be entering that hotbed, signing with the University of Dubuque, an NCAA Division III school.

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Two-time Middleburg state placewinner Jonathan Shoen prepares to sign his letter of intent to attend and wrestle for the University of Dubuque for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Shoen was a district and region champion for the Broncos this past year, finishing second in Class 2A at 170 pounds at states. UD is an NCAA DIvision III and is part of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, perhaps the premier wrestling conference in Division III. (Photo submitted by Erica Shoen).

As it stands now, among committed wrestlers, here are this spring and summer’s #NextLevel confirmed signees (I’ve heard about one more, but it hasn’t been confirmed to me yet):

EDITOR’S NOTE FRIDAY NIGHT: We were wrong in the headline, there were actually 10 at this point.

  • Jonathan Shoen, Middleburg (University of Dubuque, NCAA Division III)
  • Xaiver Sampsel, Fleming Island (Limestone College, NCAA Division II)
  • Nick Hobday, Fletcher (2015 grad, Bacone College, NAIA)
  • Kaz Maia, Flagler Palm Coast (Iowa Lakes CC, NJCAA)
  • Marcus Zeighler, Columbia (Bacone College)
  • Trevor Belden, Ridgeview (Huntingdon College, Division III)
  • Evyn Insalaco, Flagler Palm Coast (Southeastern University, NAIA)
  • Scott Dollison, Episcopal (Briar Cliff University, NAIA)
  • Dylan Rossetti, Middleburg (St Andrews University, NAIA)
  • Tracy Davis, Fleming Island (Southeastern)
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The Scouting Report: 3A-District 16

Welcome to another edition of The Scouting Reports. Here, we take a spin through what the entire state of Florida has coming back. More information for you, the readers, is what we’re all about at Matmen. We’re starting with the completely out-of-area teams, as we just ran through each area team in the previous 3 months. The plan is to complete all 48 districts before most schools start. We can only highlight returners from last year based on post-season performances and we can only know so much about transfers. If someone out-of-area was hurt or just didn’t compete, I just won’t know about it (regardless of what may be or have been posted on other forums). One new wrinkle for this year. We’re focusing less on the individual histories of each wrestler and focusing more on their matches with local kids, and we’ll have a couple of tidbits on each team to show that focus.

3A-District 16

2015-16 team finish: 1. South Dade. 2. Southridge. 3. Palmetto. 4. Killian. 5. Coral Reef. 6. Homestead.
2014-15 team finish: 1. South Dade. 2. Southridge. 3. Palmetto. 4. Coral Reef. 5. Killian. 6. Ferguson. 7. Sunset. 8. Varela.
2013-14 team finish: 1. South Dade. 2. Southridge. 3. Palmetto. 4. Coral Reef. 5. Ferguson. 6. Killian. 7. Varela. 8. Sunset.

Coral Reef (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 15th at region, T-71st at states. 2015 — 19th at region. 2014 — 13th at region.
Individual returners: Pablo Diaz (sophomore, 19-25 at 106, district 4th); Samantha Smith (senior, 9-21 at 113, 1 match from regions); Qifeng Zhu (sophomore, 11-22 at 120, 1 match from regions); Brandon Maloney (junior, 15-18 at 126, district 4th); Zach Polumbo (junior, 6-13 at 132, 1 match from regions); Leonel Hernandez (junior, 13-26 at 138, district 4th); Matthew Porry (sophomore, 18-18 at 145, district 3rd); Leonard Wooten (junior, 25-19 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Timothy Whiddon (senior, 15-18 at 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Barracudas matters: No returning state qualifiers for Coral Reef, with Wooten losing in the first round and then winning three in a row to give himself a shot at Kissimmee. The Barracudas were represented there by 2016 graduate Jason Kaercher, who was 0-2 in the tournament, with no matches against Region 1 opposition.

Homestead
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 31st at region. 2015 — 2nd at 2A-District 16, 6th at 2A-Region 4, T-27th at 2A states. 2014 — 2nd at 2A-District 16, 3rd at 2A-Region 4, 16th at 2A states.
Individual returners: Travon Brown (junior, 9-9 at 106, 1 match from regions); Taderius Robinson (senior, 4-7 at 170, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Broncos matters: Moving into 3A was very much a downer for Homestead, which was beaten well out of sight even for fifth place and only scored two points at regions. 2016 graduate Jaelin De Lee had the Broncos’ only win at Region 4, with a first-round win by decision. Numbers are a very big problem for this program.

Killian (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 10th at region, 24th at states. 2015 — 20th at region, T-68th at states. 2014 — 22nd at region.
Individual returners: Ryan Boncamper (senior, 34-9 at 106, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 4th); Alejandro Torrez-Cortez (senior, 24-12 at 113, district 4th); Ryan Barrios (senior, 16-14 at 120, district 4th); Giancarlo Fuentes (sophomore, 11-12 at 126, 1 match from regions); Ryan Garcia (sophomore, 12-14 at 132, district 4th); Eric Torres (senior, 13-16 at 152, 1 match from regions); Alejandro Gil (junior, 10-21 at 160, district 4th); Marshal Sweet (senior, 27-8 at 182, district 3rd, region 4th); Giovanny Mentor (senior, 32-9 at 220, district runnerup, region runnerup, 1 match from state podium); Trayvonne Jackson (junior, 28-7 at 285, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Cougars matters: Killian should be the favorite for third in 2016-17, with three returning state qualifiers. Boncamper lost in the first round to eventual finalist Chris Fragale of Palm Harbor, but then didn’t lose again until the third-place match. Along the way, he pinned Fleming Island’s Albie Snedaker in the second period of states’ blood round. Sweet was 0-2 at 182 at states, dropping a first-round loss by tech fall to eventual placer Steven Mercadante of Sarasota, with no Region 1 matches. Mentor was 2-2 at 220, dropping a first-round 4-3 decision to eventual finalist Raimello Jackson of Wekiva; that was his only match against a Region 1 wrestler.

Palmetto (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 16th at region, T-45th at states. 2015 — 8th at region, T-30th at states. 2014 — 9th at region, T-60th at states.
Individual returners: Carlos Flores (senior, 15-13 at 106, district 3rd); James Findlay (senior, 19-10 at 113, district runnerup, 1 match from states); William Barrows (senior, 9-7 at 120, district 3rd); Jonathan Gonzalez (senior, 4-7 at 126, 1 match from regions); Cardeionte Wilson (junior, 25-9 at 132, district runnerup); Raftain Cain (sophomore, 3-16 at 145, district 4th); AJ Turner (sophomore, 5-7 at 170, 1 match from regions); Eric McCarthy (junior, 1-13 at 182, 1 match from regions); Keneth Spiller (senior, 10-14 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: Findlay led the charge among the Panthers’ returning wrestlers, but it was 2016 Palmetto graduate Romoan Chester (152) who picked up their points at states, going 2-2 and finishing one match short of the state medal podium. Chester lost to eventual state champion James Nereim of Winter Springs in the quarters, 12-3, but rallied in consi round 2 with an 11-3 major over Region 1’s Nick Sala of Oviedo.

South Dade (Homestead)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 1st at region, state CHAMPIONS. 2015 — 1st at region, state CHAMPIONS. 2014 — 1st at region, state CHAMPIONS.
Individual returners: Elijah Varona (senior, 60-2 at 106, district champ, region champ, state champion); Arie Reyes (senior, 54-11 at 113, district champ, region 4th); Peter Webb (junior, 46-9 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Christian Morales (junior, 14-7 at 126, district runnerup); Brevin Balmeceda (sophomore, 59-5 at 132, district champ, region 3rd); Joel Ramirez (senior, 29-11 at 138, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Todd Perry (sophomore, 46-11 at 152, district champ, region 4th); Corey Harvey (junior, 37-8 at 182, district champ, region champ); Chei Hill (senior, 195, district champ, region champ); Jason Geffrard (senior, 21-7 at 220, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Kyron Taylor (senior, 285, district champ, region champ).
Why knowing about the Buccaneers matters: Still the pre-eminent 3A team in Florida, and with seven returning state qualifiers (plus three that were just a match away), South Dade is still well-positioned to dominate the 3A scene again in 2016-17. Here’s a summary of the state qualifiers’ weekends:
Varona — Controlled the bracket to bring home the state championship without seeing any Region 1 wrestlers, but won three times against Region 2 kids, including 6-2 in the semis over Osceola’s Malyke Hines and 11-4 in the final over Palm Harbor’s Fragale.
Reyes — Went 1-2 at states, with a first-round loss by major against 2016 Lake Mary graduate Jeremiah Costen, 10-1.
Balmeceda — Lost only in the semis to runnerup John Locksmith of Osceola, 6-5, in an absolute war. He’d edged Winter Springs’ Cole Mitchell in the quarters, 3-2, then got one more match against Region 1 in the third-place battle, decisioning 2016 Fleming Island graduate Xaiver Sampsel, 2-0.
Perry — Was 0-2 in the state tournament, with no matches against Region 1 competition.
Harvey — Went 0-2 at states, with a 4-3 loss in double OT in the first round. Harvey was knocked out of the tournament by Region 1’s George Schanck with a late third-period fall in consi round 1.
Hill — Had two pins and two decisions en route to the state championship at 195, with two wins over Region 1 opponents. He decisioned Atlantic Coast’s Narek Stepanyan, 8-5, in the first round, and later pinned Fleming Island’s Jason Davis in the second period of the semifinals, winning the title with a 5-2 decision over SW Miami’s Adolfo Sotolongo.
Taylor — Like Hill, won twice by fall and twice by decision, pinning Region 4 rival Kyle Mann in the second period to take the championship. Taylor decisioned Region 1’s Tahj Glemaud, a 2016 Dr Phillips grad, by a 1-0 count, and then similarly downed 2016 Atlantic Coast graduate DeAngeles Harris in the semis, 7-4, to get to the final.
Ozzy Lugo (2016 Buccaneer grad, 145) — Scored bonus points at every round of the tournament, taking the final by fall in 1:09 over Orlando Freedom 2016 graduate Kurtis Aimable. Lugo’s only non-fall also was against a Region 1 wrestler, as he majored 2016 Winter Springs grad Xavier Maxwell, 10-2, in the quarters.
Aaron Flores (2016 grad, 160) — Flores lost in the quarters by fall to Osceola 2016 graduate Giovanny Bonilla, and then didn’t lose again until the third-place match. Flores pinned Region 1’s Kendrik Koller of Apopka in the first period of the first round.

Southridge (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, state runnerup (South Dade). 2015 — 4th at region, 6th at states. 2014 — 6th at region, T-28th at states.
Individual returners: Sebastian Sanchez (senior, 29-8 at 113, district 3rd); Alberto Mendoza (senior, 31-15 at 132, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Anthony Kinsey (senior, 49-7 at 138, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Johnny Lovett (sophomore, 27-15 at 145, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Luis Rios (senior, 46-10 at 160, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Zachery Mickle (junior, 10-12 at 182, district 4th); Darius Hamilton (senior, 44-1 at 220, district champ, region champ, state 3rd); Melchisede Juedy (senior, 37-12 at 285, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 6th).
Why knowing about the Spartans matters: In just about every other region or class, a lineup like Southridge’s would bring home much more championship hardware. Even still, the Spartans should return enough firepower to pull together a top-five team finish next year, if not repeat as runners-up. Like South Dade, here’s a summary of Southridge qualifiers’ state performances:
Kinsey — Lost a tight 7-6 semifinal to Gateway’s Justin Camacho, and that was his only loss of the tournament. Kinsey’s lone win against a Region 1 foe was in the quarters, when he downed Winter Springs’ Dimitri Alicea, 11-6.
Rios — Reached the semis, where he lost to Region 1’s Max Wohlabaugh by fall in the first period. Rios also had a first-round win over a local competitor, decisioning 2016 Flagler Palm Coast grad Eric Vigo, 6-3. In the fifth-place match, Rios downed 2016 Boone graduate Jonathan Gomez, 3-1.
Hamilton — Dominated all wrestlers in his path but one in finishing third. Hamilton decisioned DeLand’s Raymond Hauerty, 12-5, in the first round, but then found himself on the wrong end of domination in the semis against Region 1 and eventual state champion Dylan Meeks of Dr Phillips, who pinned Hamilton in the third period.
Juedy — Went 3-3 in the tournament, with two of those three losses coming in double overtime. Juedy was 1-1 against Region 1, decisioning Winter Springs’ TJ Boyd 2-0 to clinch his podium spot, but then lost by fall in the second period of the consi semis against AC’s Harris.
Randy McCray (2016 Spartan grad, 120) — Brought home the state championship with three successive wins over Region 1 wrestlers. McCray majored 2016 DeLand grad Omar Garcia, 16-6, in the quarterfinals, then decisioned 2016 Lyman graduate Jake Semrad, 8-4, in the semis. In the title match, McCray held off Flagler Palm Coast’s Michael DeAugustino, 5-3, for the state win.
Jordan Marshall (2016 grad, 126) — Closed out a second state title in style, with a fall in the finals over SW Miami’s Franco Valdes. Marshall majored Buchholz’s Gant Moore, 15-5, in the first round, in his only Region 1 match of the weekend.
Marcos Perez (2016 grad, 152) — Went 2-2 in the tournament, losing in the quarters. He had no Region 1 opposition during the weekend.

Varela (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — no postseason results per FHSAA. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — 17th at region, T-52nd at states.
Individual returners: None.
Why knowing about the Vipers matters: Hopefully this program can reboot successfully.

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Thursday’s Matmen-Area Fargo Results

Beach Rats Wrestling Club’s Narek Stepanyan represented the Matmen coverage area on Thursday, going 2-2 at the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals tournament in freestyle, contested at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.

Here’s the rundown on Stepanyan’s matches:

195: Narek Stepanyan (Beach Rats) tf. Jacob Olson (Minnesota), 15-5. Stepanyan p. Keith Barclay (Indiana), 1:26. Brandon Whitman (Michigan) tf. Stepanyan, 10-0. Noah Ryan (Minnesota) tf. Stepanyan, 10-0.

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The Scouting Report: 2A-District 16

Welcome to another edition of The Scouting Reports. Here, we take a spin through what the entire state of Florida has coming back. More information for you, the readers, is what we’re all about at Matmen. We’re starting with the completely out-of-area teams, as we just ran through each area team in the previous 3 months. The plan is to complete all 48 districts before most schools start. We can only highlight returners from last year based on post-season performances and we can only know so much about transfers. If someone out-of-area was hurt or just didn’t compete, I just won’t know about it (regardless of what may be or have been posted on other forums). One new wrinkle for this year. We’re focusing less on the individual histories of each wrestler and focusing more on their matches with local kids, and we’ll have a couple of tidbits on each team to show that focus.

2A-District 16

2015-16 team finish: 1. Goleman. 2. Norland. 3. Sunset. 4. Miami Springs. 5. Mourning. 6. Carol City. 7. Northwestern. 8. Doral Academy. 9. Belen Jesuit. 10. Central.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Norland. 2. Homestead. 3. Mourning. 4. Miami Springs. 5. Goleman. 6. Carol City. 7. Belen Jesuit. 8. Doral Academy. 9. Central. 10. Mater Academy. 11. Northwestern.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Mater Academy. 2. Homestead. 3. Central. 4. Mourning. 5. Miami Springs. 6. Belen Jesuit. 7. Northwestern. 8. Carol City. 9. Goleman.

Belen Jesuit (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 18th at region, T-52nd at states. 2015 — 20th at region, 21st at states. 2014 — 16th at region, T-28th at states.
Individual returners: Eddie Silva (freshman, 12-14 at 126, district 3rd); Damian Cuesta (sophomore, 9-19 at 152, 1 match from regions); Rafael Ruiz (sophomore, 8-18 at 160, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Wolverines matters: Belen Jesuit has some substantial graduation losses to overcome, with only three returning starters boasting post-season experience and just one getting to regions (Silva, who did get to Day 2). 2016 graduate Ariel Jimenez (170) was 2-2 at states, taking down a pair of Region 3 wrestlers before falling to statewide #2 Jesse Seidl of Land O’Lakes in the blood round.

Carol City (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 25th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 22nd at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — 28th at region.
Individual returners: Derrod Walker (senior, 30-6 at 106, district champ, region 4th); Zion Lampley (junior, 11-9 at 132, 1 match before regions); Jerrod Clersaint (senior, 24-7 at 220, district champ).
Why knowing about the Chiefs matters: Walker went 0-2 at Kissimmee, losing to two placers by fall — eventual champ Trey Lane of Brandon in the first round and then Tate’s Jacob Cochran in consi round 1.

Central (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-31st at region. 2015 — 26th at region. 2014 — T-17th at region.
Individual returners: Kahris Blackman (senior, 28-4 at 138, district 3rd); Kahron Blackman (senior, 21-7 at 145, district 3rd); Jermol Bennett (sophomore, 170, 0-2 at districts); Willie Kirkland (junior, 5-5 at 220, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Rockets matters: Central didn’t get any wrestlers into Day 2 at regions, marking at least four years without a state qualifier. Looking at the Blackmans’ records, Central might need to augment its schedule some to get them over the top and off to Kissimmee in 2016-17.

Doral (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 28th at region. 2015 — 24th at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — no program per FHSAA.
Individual returners: Aiden Ford (8th, 9-17 at 113, district 3rd); Edwin Adams (sophomore, 22-11 at 120, district 3rd); Dylan Mira (8th, 20-21 at 126, district runnerup); Kevin Martinez (senior, 28-19 at 132, district champ); Zavier Garcia (sophomore, 2-6 at 138, 1 match from regions); Jovan Cruz (senior, 8-18 at 152, 1 match from regions); Miguel Garlin (senior, 3-6 at 182, 1 match from regions); Andres Trujillo (sophomore, 6-23 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Firebirds matters: Doral might return to Kissimmee next year, what with 8th grader Mira getting to Day 2 and Martinez winning a district title. If the Firebirds can find some more help in the uppers, they could be a top-four team in the district.

Goleman (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 8th at region, T-48th at states. 2015 — 25th at region. 2014 — T-24th at region.
Individual returners: Sarah Lee (junior, 1-7 at 106, district 4th); Noah Sinko (junior, 23-15 at 113, district runnerup); Anthony Perdomo (junior, 25-12 at 120, district runnerup); Anthony Romero (senior, 27-14 at 132, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Gators matters: Goleman went from worst to first in the districts, but defending that title — with the graduation losses incurred — will be tricky business in 2017. 2016 Gators graduate Enrique Kelly was 0-2 at states at 182, dropping a 3-2 consi round-1 loss to 2016 Terry Parker grad Aquana McCalop. At 195, another Gator graduate, Ivan Martinez, was 2-2, beginning and ending his state-podium bid with Region 1 wrestlers. Martinez pinned Middleburg’s Kurt Jackson in the first round, but after losing to eventual finalist Nick Vischulis of Venice in the quarters, was later eliminated in the state blood round by 2016 Creekside grad Gus Fischer, by second-period fall.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Other post-season stats: 2016 — None. Potential first-year program.
Individual returners: None.
Why knowing about the Trojans matters: As mentioned a few times earlier, it will be interesting to see how the first-year and rebooted programs will stack up this coming season.

Miami Springs
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 9th at region, T-31st at states. 2015 — T-17th at region, T-54th at states. 2014 — 19th at region, T-39th at states.
Individual returners: Keith Ramos (sophomore, 17-16 at 120, district 4th); Ryan Ramos (senior, 10-3 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Alex Rodriguez (senior, 26-16 at 160, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Golden Hawks matters: Springs, also, had a solid year in 2015-16, but with only three returners with post-season experience, scoring so well in next year’s post-season will be a harder feat to repeat. 2016 Golden Hawk graduate David Sanchez (138) lost in the first round of states but then didn’t lose again until the third-place match, winning by injury-default over Crestview’s Diego Calonje in consi round 1. Another 2016 Springs graduate, Randall Sandoval (145), was 1-2 at states, losing to eventual runnerup Noah Ridley of Brandon in the first round, but then eliminating 2016 Ed White grad Juwan Lee, 17-3, in consi round 1.

Mourning (North Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-31st at region. 2015 — 23rd at region, T-54th at states. 2014 — T-17th at region.
Individual returners: Adrian Gil (senior, 21-9 at 113, district champ); Carlos Urquijo (senior, 27-11 at 132, district 3rd); Antonio DaSilva (senior, 17-17 at 138, district 4th); Josue Urbina (junior, 14-7 at 170, district 3rd); Ray Lugo (sophomore, 3-7 at 195, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Sharks matters: Gil and Urquijo did both make it to Day 2 at regions, but the Sharks were unable to duplicate their 2015 feat and get a wrestler to Kissimmee.

Norland (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 7th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 8th at region, T-67th at states. 2014 — no program per FHSAA.
Individual returners: Romel Joseph (sophomore, 9-5 at 106, district 3rd); Isaiah Dixon (senior, 1-3 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Aslet Jean (senior, 34-15 at 145, district runnerup, region 4th); Alex Townsend (senior, 16-13 at 182, district 3rd); Denzel Addison (junior, 26-19 at 285, district runnerup).
Why knowing about the Vikings matters: Norland is another program that will have heavy graduation losses to overcome in 2016-17. Aslet Jean, the Vikings’ only returner with state experience, was 0-2 at states, with a loss via tech in the first round to eventual champion Adam Lewis of Tampa Jesuit, and then lost by fall to Region 1’s David Jackson, a 2016 Lincoln graduate, in consi round 1. 2016 Vikings graduate Cednet Jean (160) also was 0-2, with a first-round loss via major (11-2) to Orange Park’s Nartorian Lee. Finally, 2016 Norland graduate Reoshard Donald (220) was 0-2 in the tournament, losing by third-period fall in the first round to Leon’s JT Grant.

Northwestern (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 26th at region. 2015 — 31st at region. 2014 — 22nd at region, T-66th at states.
Individual returners: Jedidiah Herring (junior, 120, district champ); Nathaniel Moss (senior, 12-11 at 152, district 4th); Micheal Jones (senior, 170, 0-2 at districts).
Why knowing about the Bulls matters: Herring and 2016 graduate James Thomas (195) both got to Day 2 at regions, but no state representation — second year in a row. The Bulls did move up five slots from last year’s Region 4 performance.

Sunset (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 21st at region. 2015 — 7th at 3A-District 16, 28th at 3A-Region 4. 2014 — 8th at 3A-District 16, 30th at 3A-Region 4.
Individual returners: Ramon Herrera (sophomore, 5-15 at 106, district runnerup); Justin Fleites (sophomore, 3-16 at 126, district 4th); Michael Alemany (sophomore, 3-12 at 132, 0-2 at districts); David Sastre (senior, 14-9 at 138, district runnerup); Kevin Otero (sophomore, 3-14 at 145, district 4th); Danny Perez (senior, 19-9 at 152, district champ, 1 match from states); Amin Esquivel (senior, 17-8 at 170, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Jonathan Esquivel (junior, 12-7 at 220, district 4th); Jorge Martinez (junior, 6-10 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Knights matters: A big group back for the Knights in 2016-17 — nine wrestlers with post-season experience — but none with state experience. It’s been at least four years since any Sunset wrestler has been to Kissimmee for states.

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The Scouting Report: 3A-District 15

Welcome to another edition of The Scouting Reports. Here, we take a spin through what the entire state of Florida has coming back. More information for you, the readers, is what we’re all about at Matmen. We’re starting with the completely out-of-area teams, as we just ran through each area team in the previous 3 months. The plan is to complete all 48 districts before most schools start. We can only highlight returners from last year based on post-season performances and we can only know so much about transfers. If someone out-of-area was hurt or just didn’t compete, I just won’t know about it (regardless of what may be or have been posted on other forums). One new wrinkle for this year. We’re focusing less on the individual histories of each wrestler and focusing more on their matches with local kids, and we’ll have a couple of tidbits on each team to show that focus.

3A-District 15

2015-16 team finish: 1. Southwest Miami. 2. Columbus. 3. Coral Gables. 4. Braddock. 5. Coral Park. 6. Miami Sr. 7. Ferguson. 8. South Miami.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Southwest Miami. 2. Braddock. 3. Columbus. 4. Coral Gables. 5. South Miami. 6. Miami Sr. 7. Coral Park.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Southwest Miami. 2. Braddock. 3. Columbus. 4. South Miami. 5. Coral Gables. 6. Coral Park. 7. Miami Sr.

Braddock (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 6th at region, 18th at states. 2015 — 3rd at region, 9th at states. 2014 — 5th at region, 14th at states.
Individual returners: Luis Hernandez (junior, 42-16 at 120, district 3rd); Saul Tejada (senior, 25-23 at 138, district 4th); Pedro Melendez (senior, 6-16 at 160, district 4th); Lucas Zamora (sophomore, 20-20 at 170, district runnerup); Joseph Rizo (sophomore, 2-8 at 195, 1 match from regions); Daniel Lopez (sophomore, 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: Some substantial graduation losses will need to be overcome by Braddock in 2016-17. Tops on that graduate list is Alex Victor, who won states behind a forfeit win in the first round and three decisive contested wins, including a 14-3 major over Region 1’s champion, 2016 Lake Mary graduate Jeremiah Costen. Fellow 2016 Bulldog graduate Marcieus Brown (132) was 0-2 at states with no Region 1 interactions. Another 2016 Braddock grad, Salvador Lopez (152), was 1-2 at states, with his two losses coming against state placers, also with no Region 1 matches.

Columbus (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, 12th at states. 2015 — 5th at region, T-43rd at states. 2014 — 4th at region, 15th at states.
Individual returners: Charlie Huffman (sophomore, 54-18 at 106, district runnerup, region 4th); Eric Valdes (sophomore, 10-11 at 113, 1 match from regions); Mikael Codinach (senior, 52-12 at 126, district 4th, region 3rd, 1 match short of state podium); Angel Curiel (junior, 39-20 at 132, district 4th); Chris Bentley (senior, 49-7 at 138, district champ, region runnerup, state 4th); Mike Fernandez (junior, 29-23 at 160, district runnerup); Randy Fernandez (junior, 12-18 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Henry Fernandez (junior, 29-26 at 182, district 4th); Dylan Perez (sophomore, 7-4 at 220, district champ).
Why knowing about the Explorers matters: With three state qualifiers returning, Columbus should still be among the state’s stronger teams in 2016-17. Huffman was 1-2 at states, with both of his losses coming to eventual placers in Malyke Hines (loss by fall in round 1, Hines finished third) and Michael Bush (6-0 decision in consi round 2, Bush took fifth). Mikael Codinach was 2-2 at states, including a 13-1 win over Orlando Freedom’s Brenden Maharaj in the first round. Bentley took an injury-default loss in the first round, and then didn’t lose again until the third-place match, knocking out Winter Springs’ Dimitri Alicea with a a consi round-2 fall, a 9-2 win in the blood round over 2016 Flagler Palm Coast graduate Tariq Johnson and a 4-0 win over Orlando Freedom’s Christian Rivera in the consi semis. Additionally, 2016 Explorer graduate Edgar Martinez (120) was 2-2, with a consi round-2 7-1 decision over Region 1’s Omar Garcia, a 2016 DeLand graduate. Finally, 2016 Columbus grad Kyle Mann (285) made it to the finals Saturday night, losing by fall to region rival Kyron Taylor of South Dade (more on him in a future post) in the second period of the finals. Mann decisioned Winter Springs’ TJ Boyd 5-0 in the quarterfinals.

Coral Gables
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 9th at region, T-36th at states. 2015 — 10th at region, T-60th at states. 2014 — 18th at region, 47th at states.
Individual returners: Tristian Breaux (sophomore, 1-8 at 106, 1 match from regions); Fashawn Renjuste (sophomore, 23-14 at 113, district 4th); Carlos Leon (senior, 25-7 at 120, district 4th); Noah Pla (senior, 18-8 at 132, 1 match from regions); Norlan Luna (senior, 2-4 at 138, 1 match from regions); Cheynne Obregon (senior, 28-13 at 145, district 4th); Melek Robinson (senior, 26-12 at 152, 1 match from regions); Gabriel Garcia (senior, 18-5 at 182, district champ, 1 match from states); Darien Martinez (senior, 30-7 at 220, district 3rd); Jaafari Stephens (junior, 285, district runnerup, region 4th).
Why knowing about the Cavaliers matters: Stephens put together a 1-2 tournament at states, with a win by fall in consi round 1. Coral Gables was paced at Kissimmee by 2016 graduate Anthony Vizcaino, who was sixth at 126. Vizcaino edged 2016 Fleming Island graduate Tracy Davis, 4-3, and later majored Buchholz’s Gant Moore, 13-5, in the blood round.

Coral Park (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-54th at states. 2015 — 14th at region, T-43rd at states. 2014 — 20th at region.
Individual returners: Sebastian Calmet (junior, 26-5 at 106, district champ, 1 match from states); Sebastian Barberi (junior, 28-9 at 120, 1 match from regions); Marcelo Saldarriaga (junior, 25-10 at 126, 1 match from regions); Marcus Abreu (senior, 132, district runnerup, region runnerup); Nelson Battesti (senior, 18-13 at 138, 1 match from regions); Daniel Martinez (junior, 25-11 at 160, district champ); Sammy Bencid (sophomore, 17-11 at 170, 1 match from regions); Nelson Hernandez (senior, 21-15 at 182, district 3rd); Mario Nunez (sophomore, 8-19 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Rams matters: Abreu represented the Rams in Kissimmee, going 1-2 in the tournament. Abreu’s first loss was in the quarterfinals against eventual finalist John Locksmith of Osceola.

Ferguson (Miami)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 28th at region. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 16, 18th at region, T-68th at states. 2014 — 5th at 3A-District 16, 16th at region.
Individual returners: Bryan Cereijo (junior, 19-15 at 106, 1 match from regions); Daniel Lopez (sophomore, 29-11 at 113, district 3rd); Alec Ramirez (senior, 5-7 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Fredy Rizo (sophomore, 4-8 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Nicholas Quintero (sophomore, 2-8 at 132, 1 match from regions); Joseph Lopez (junior, 0-7 at 145, 1 match from regions); Mikaell Fundora (junior, 9-6 at 170, district champ); Adolfo Perez (sophomore, 4-14 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Louis Pierre-Louis (senior, 10-22 at 220, 1 match from regions); Stephen Schneider (senior, 0-6 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Falcons matters: Ferguson may have some struggles in 2016-17 without significant off-season work, with only two returners getting to the region tournament, and no contested victories at that level.

Miami Senior
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 22nd at region. 2015 — T-22nd at region. 2014 — 29th at region.
Individual returners: Juan Avila (senior, 21-9 at 106, district 4th); Victor Perez (senior, 15-9 at 120, 0-2 at districts); Daniel Gonzalez (senior, 12-9 at 126, 0-2 at districts); Andy Marrero (senior, 19-10 at 145, district 3rd); Guervins Jean (senior, 34-12 at 152, district 3rd); Keven Navas (senior, 9-12 at 160, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Stingarees matters: Jean got to Saturday at regions, advancing the farthest among all returners. 2016 graduate Oscar Quintero (285) was just one match short of states. The Stingarees will have to find some help in the upper weights, as four region qualifiers from 182-285 all graduated.

South Miami
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 32nd at region. 2015 — 9th at region, 39th at states. 2014 — 7th at region, T-32nd at states.
Individual returners: Sergio Aguilar (sophomore, 11-9 at 120, 1 match from regions); Brandon Ochoa (junior, 16-14 at 126, 1 match from regions); Angelo Madruga (junior, 19-17 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Christopher Pardo (senior, 20-15 at 170, 1 match from regions); Nicholas Rodriguez (sophomore, 8-9 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Cobras matters: The Cobras will need some additional venom in their lineup, as there are no returners that got past districts in 2015-16. 2016 graduate Emmanuel Nordelo lost by injury-default in the District 15 finals at 138 and then did not compete at regions.

 

 

 

 

 

Southwest Miami
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 3rd at region, 4th at states. 2015 — 2nd at region, 4th at states. 2014 — 3rd at region, 10th at states.
Individual returners: Andy Dematas (sophomore, 14-8 at 106, district 3rd); Angel Perez (junior, 12-4 at 113, district runnerup, region runnerup, state runnerup); Franco Valdes (senior, 51-5 at 126, district champ, region champ, state runnerup); Alex Urquiza (junior, 57-6 at 132, district champ, region champ, state 5th); Angel Delcueto (senior, 48-12 at 145, district champ, region runnerup, state 3rd); Jorge Benitez (senior, 38-19 at 152, district 4th); Noel Fuentes (senior, 34-21 at 160, district 3rd, region 4th); Carlos Periera (senior, 19-9 at 170, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Ruben Trujillo (senior, 11-7 at 182, 1 match from regions); Christian Sanchez (sophomore, 17-22 at 285, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Eagles matters: Southwest still has one of the titanic programs in Florida 3A, and with five returning state qualifiers has more than enough nucleus to continue to challenge for Region 4 top honors. Here’s a summary of the Eagles’ state tournament experience:
Perez — Reprised the district and region tournaments in Kissimmee, getting to the finals and then falling to Braddock’s victor (2-1 at district, 3-2 at region and 7-1 at state). Perez decisioned 2016 Sandalwood graduate Jacques Hale, 6-4, in the first round.
Valdes — Also reached the finals at 126, losing by fall there to region rival Jordan Marshall of Miami Southridge (more on him in a future post). Valdes started the run to Saturday night with a third-period tech fall over Orlando University’s Eddie Vazquez.
Urquiza — Lost in the quarterfinals of states to eventual champion Kizhan Clarke of Riverview, but then won three of four matches on the back to take fifth, decisioning Region 1’s Cole Mitchell of Winter Springs, 3-1, in the fifth-place match.
Delcueto — Lost only in the quarters to eventual runnerup Kurtis Aimable, a 2016 graduate of Orlando Freedom, 16-7 in the quarters. Along the path to taking third, Delcueto had his toughest match on the consi side in the semifinal, where he turned back 2016 Flagler Palm Coast grad Evyn Insalaco, 5-3.
Fuentes — Went 0-2 at states at 160, with a first-round loss by fall to eventual state runnerup Max Wohlabaugh of Winter Springs.
Alaen Gonzalez (2016 Eagles grad at 120) — Went 1-2 in the tournament, with a 30-second fall victory in the first round.
Jesse Acedo (2016 grad at 138) — Went 0-2 at Kissimmee, with FPC’s Johnson eliminating him in consi round 1 with a 12-8 decision.
Adolfo Sotolongo (2016 Eagles grad at 195) — Reached the finals at states, with three falls to get there before falling on Saturday night to South Dade’s Chei Hill, 5-2 (more on Hill in a future post). Sotolongo pinned Apopka’s Zach Gallon in the first round.

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The Scouting Report: 2A-District 15

Welcome to another edition of The Scouting Reports. Here, we take a spin through what the entire state of Florida has coming back. More information for you, the readers, is what we’re all about at Matmen. We’re starting with the completely out-of-area teams, as we just ran through each area team in the previous 3 months. The plan is to complete all 48 districts before most schools start. We can only highlight returners from last year based on post-season performances and we can only know so much about transfers. If someone out-of-area was hurt or just didn’t compete, I just won’t know about it (regardless of what may be or have been posted on other forums). One new wrinkle for this year. We’re focusing less on the individual histories of each wrestler and focusing more on their matches with local kids, and we’ll have a couple of tidbits on each team to show that focus.

2A-District 15

2015-16 team finish: 1. Olympic Heights. 2. South Broward. 3. Dillard. 4. Stranahan. 5. West Boca Raton. 6. Northeast. 7. Archbishop McCarthy. 8. Blanche Ely. 9. Boyd Anderson.
2014-15 team finish: 1. Forest Hill. 2. Hollywood Hills. 3. Archbishop McCarthy. 4. Stranahan. 5. Coconut Creek. 6. Dillard. 7. Suncoast. 8. Palm Beach Lakes. 9. Boyd Anderson.
2013-14 team finish: 1. Forest Hill. 2. Archbishop McCarthy. 3. Stranahan. 4. Hollywood Hills. 5. Suncoast. 6. Coconut Creek. 7. Dillard. 8. Palm Beach Lakes. 9. Boyd Anderson.

Archbishop McCarthy (Southwest Ranches)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 30th at region. 2015 — 12th at region, 37th at states. 2014 — 6th at region, T-39th at states.
Individual returners: Scott Thrasher (senior, 11-10 at 138, district 3rd); Kyle Fuxa (senior, 9-5 at 160, district 3rd); Joseph Lockwood (junior, 2-4 at 170, 1 match from regions); Daniel Marohnic (junior, 9-5 at 182, district 3rd).
Why knowing about the Mavericks matters: After (at least) three years with representation at Kissimmee, McCarthy did not get to states last year and only had one wrestler — Marohnic — even reach Saturday, and that was augmented by a forfeit win in consi round 2. Having just five post-season starters isn’t the best way to start the upcoming season, but at least there’s some upside in that four return.

Blanche Ely (Pompano Beach)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — T-19th at region, 47th at states. 2015 — no program per FHSAA. 2014 — 3rd at 3A-District 12, 5th at 3A-Region 3, 23rd at 3A states.
Individual returners: Schadrac Cadet (senior, 7-14 at 132, 0-2 at districts); Augustus Haynes (junior, 5-15 at 138, 1 match from regions); John Etienne (senior, 7-13 at 145, district 4th); Elmer Inacio (senior, 152, 1 match from regions); Stephan Aristhomene (senior, 20-6 at 160, 1 match from regions); Jordany Chery (senior, 9-11 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Marcus Rice (senior, 12-10 at 195, district 4th, 1 match from states); Matthew Parish (sophomore, 9-12 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Tigers matters: Program had a re-emergence after not competing in 2014-15 at the post-season level. While no returners got to states, there are eight returners with post-season experience, and Rice was one match from states this past year. 2016 Tigers graduate Marvens Saint Charles finished sixth at 220, with two of his three losses in the tournament coming against Region 1’s Gaven McAnally of Tate, first in the first round (6-1) and then in the fifth-place match (third-period fall).

Boyd Anderson (Lauderdale Lakes)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — no presence beyond districts. 2015 — T-29th at region. 2014 — 27th at region.
Individual returners: Sharod McBride (senior, 23-4 at 285, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Cobras matters: McBride was the only Anderson wrestler to suit up for the post-season, and that’s always a worrisome thing, particularly when the one-man team is a senior. While the Cobras haven’t had a presence at states in at least four years, no one wants to see a program fade away.

Dillard (Fort Lauderdale)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 17th at region, T-76th at states. 2015 — 19th at region, T-63rd at states. 2014 — 29th at region.
Individual returners: Reynaldo Vassor (junior, 13-18 at 106, district 3rd); Bryant O’Neal (senior, 14-14 at 120, district 3rd); Angel Reyes (sophomore, 10-27 at 126, district 4th); Kobey Parchment (junior, 17-14 at 132, district 4th); Elijah Richards (senior, 17-13 at 138, district runnerup); Alexander Dixson (junior, 14-13 at 145, district champ); Sondley Cajuste (senior, 17-12 at 152, 1 match from regions); Shanoyd Whyte (sophomore, 10-17 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Panthers matters: No returning Dillard wrestler got to Saturday at regions, although eight retuners is a solid base on which to build. 2016 Panthers graduate Frederick Dixson (195) was 0-2 at states, including a first-round loss by fall against 2016 Creekside graduate Gus Fischer.

Northeast (Oakland Park)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 27th at region. 2015 — 10th at 3A-District 12, T-24th at 3A-Region 3, T-43rd at 3A states. 2014 — 12th at 3A-District 12, 33rd at 3A-Region 3.
Individual returners: Ansy Dessources (junior, 5-7 at 120, 1 match from regions); Bryan Pierre (junior, 8-9 at 132, 1 match from regions); Salvador Deleon (sophomore, 10-8 at 145, district 3rd); Kyle Potts (junior, 6-7 at 152, 0-2 at districts); Darrel Burgess (senior, 14-6 at 160, district runnerup); Jeremiah Francois (junior, 7-8 at 170, 1 match from regions); Jordan Sylla (junior, 14-7 at 182, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nico Espisito (sophomore, 5-5 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Devyn Ricks (junior, 13-8 at 220, district 4th).
Why knowing about the Hurricanes matters: Another large group of returners, how much improvement they’ll show will be critical to Hurricanes’ hopes to move into the top half of the district. Sylla advanced the farthest of all the Northeast wrestlers, getting to one match from states, where a district rival knocked him out in the region’s blood round.

Olympic Heights (Boca Raton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 2nd at region, 4th at states. 2015 — 1st at 3A-District 11, 2nd at 3A-Region 3, 17th at 3A states. 2014 — 1st at 3A-District 11, 3rd at 3A-Region 3, 9th at 3A states.
Individual returners: Fabian Jaramillo (sophomore, 21-23 at 106, district runnerup); Paul Steger (senior, 23-15 at 113, district runnerup, region runnerup, state 5th); Chance Scott (senior, 27-17 at 120, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Nick Peglow (senior, 44-12 at 132, district champ, region runnerup); Dylan Pereira (senior, 21-19 at 138, district 4th); Ethan Davis (sophomore, 3-7 at 145, district runnerup); Sam Cannova (senior, 160, district champ, 1 match from states); Troy Jaffy (junior, 18-12 at 182, district champ, region 4th).
Why knowing about the Lions matters: A program with the kind of graduation losses that the Lions had this past year would normally be reeling, but I suspect Olympic Heights will do a lot of reloading instead, with three state qualifiers back. Moving to 2A has not hurt Olympic Heights in any way. Here’s a breakdown of the 2016 state qualifiers’ performances:
Steger: Reached the semifinals enroute to finishing fifth, with a first-period, first-round fall over Middleburg’s Briar Jackson. He later decisioned Tate’s Alex Porter, 4-3, in the fifth-place match.
Peglow: Went 1-2 at states, with the lone victory an 11-3 major over Bartram Trail’s Matthew Pickett in consi round 1.
Jaffy: Was 0-2 at states, losing to eventual state champ Brian Buser of Tampa Jesuit by fall in the first round and then again by fall to 2016 Bartram Trail grad Anthony Stith in consi round 1.
Ethan Altabet (2016 grad at 126): Placed sixth at states, with a 17-4 major over 2016 Tate graduate Tanner Wood in the first round and a 13-1 major over 2016 Middleburg graduate Dylan Rossetti in the blood round.
Dan Georges (2016 grad at 152): Took third at states, losing only to eventual finalist Christian Febus of Lake GIbson in the semis by a 3-2 score. Georges falled Creekside’s Brandon Dickman in the consi semis and then decisioned Leon’s Justin Grant, 3-2, in the third-place match.
Laurence Kosoy (2016 grad at 170): Pinned his way through the state tournament, closing it out with a third-period fall over 2016 Middleburg graduate Jonathan Shoen to win the title.
Garrett Davidofsky (2016 grad at 195): Went 1-2 at states, losing in the first round to 2016 Ed White graduate Atyrus McDonald, 5-3.
Alexi Castro (2016 grad at 220): Went 1-2 at states, opening with a second-period fall in the first round over 2016 Ed White grad Avery Wilds. His two losses were by three points, including an OT loss to eventual champion Jamel Davis of Barron Collier in the quarters.
Stefen Singer (2016 grad at 285): Went 2-2 in the tournament, getting knocked out in the blood round by 2016 Ed White graduate Kelton Johnson in a 15-4 major decision.

South Broward (Hollywood)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 4th at region, 30th at states. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 13, T-11th at 3A-Region 4, T-49th at 3A states. 2014 — 10th at 3A-District 13, T-28th at 3A-Region 4.
Individual returners: Anthony Valverde (senior, 40-5 at 106, district champ, region champ); Andrew Valverde (senior, 42-5 at 113, district champ, region champ)); Ricardo Perez (senior, 17-17 at 126, district runnerup); Daniel Vicovan (senior, 27-10 at 132, 1 match from regions); Nadird Odar (senior, 17-14 at 152, district 4th); Demetri Neeley (senior, 12-10 at 195, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulldogs matters: Solid talent returning for South Broward, led by the Valverdes. Anthony Valverde was 1-2 at states, dropping matches to eventual placers in both losses and no matches against Region 1 opponents. Andrew Valverde lost to just one wrestler — Brandon’s Andreus Bond — at states, by a 2-0 count in the quarters and 1-0 in the third-place match. Andrew majored Tate’s Porter, 15-6, in the first round. 2016 graduate Andre L’Abadie (138) was 1-2 due to injury in the quarters, with no interactions against Region 1 wrestlers.

Stranahan (Fort Lauderdale)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 14th at region, T-69th at states. 2015 — 13th at region, T-34th at states. 2014 — 8th at region, T-20th at states.
Individual returners: Jose Monterrey (senior, 12-16 at 113, district 4th); Joel Williams (senior, 3-19 at 120, district 4th); John Lorzano (senior, 6-20 at 126, district 3rd); Franki Fleury (senior, 3-12 at 160, district 4th); Jorge Carballeda (junior, 7-20 at 182, district 4th); Giovanni Munoz (junior, 0-8 at 220, 0-2 at districts); De’Andre Carr (senior, 27-7 at 285, district 3rd, 1 match from states).
Why knowing about the Dragons matters: Of the returners, Carr got the farthest — just one match from the state tournament in a very deep region (if not even a very deep district) — but 2016 graduate Trent Boudreau was Stranahan’s lone representative at states, going 1-2 at Kissimmee without seeing any Region 1 competition.

West Boca Raton (Boca Raton)
Other post-season stats: 2016 — 11th at region, T-64th at states. 2015 — 6th at 3A-District 11, 28th at 3A-Region 3. 2014 — 6th at 3A-District 11.
Individual returners: Kevin Estevez (junior, 37-15 at 120, district champ, region 4th); Alex Bordeau (junior, 45-15 at 170, district 3rd, region 3rd); Owen Kerski (sophomore, 5-22 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Why knowing about the Bulls matters: Of West Boca’s eight post-season starters, five graduated in May, making numbers the priority for the Bulls in 2016-17. Estevez was 0-2 at states, including a loss by fall in consi round 1 to Nease’s Dylan Martinson. Bordeau was 1-2 at Kissimmee, knocking out 2016 Tate graduate Heath Herndon, 18-8, in consi round 1, but then lost 2-0 in consi round 2 to Chiles’ Gavin Hoard. 2016 Bulls graduate Dimitri Naimi (152) was 0-2 at states, getting knocked out of the tournament in consi round 1 by Creekside’s Dickman, 8-5.

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